We use a developmental tasks framework to guide the exploration of digital media and the development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Since digital contexts are ubiquitous, it is clear that youth use them in the service of developmental tasks such as formation of identity, pursuit of intimacy, and development of sexuality. Research suggests that LGBTQ youth use digital media more often than their peers, likely due to the challenges they face. At the same time, electronic peervictimization and sexual health are concerns since LGBTQ youth are more likely to be at risk. Drawing on extant research we will show that digital media use is associated with stigma-related stressors and risks while concurrently offering opportunities for healthy development. The chapter concludes with recommendations for future research that should help bolster our understanding of how digital contexts may predict the development and well-being of LGBTQ youth.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Identity, Sexuality, and Relationships among Emerging Adults in the Digital Age|
|Number of pages||14|
|ISBN (Print)||1522518568, 9781522518563|
|State||Published - Dec 12 2016|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)